Friday, January 09, 2009

Deconstructed Apple Pie


Well, sort of anyway. It was a really simple dessert I made a few weeks ago, and I bet it'd be perfect after a light weekend meal - say, after a soup?

Three components. One - apples. Cut up a few apples (about one per person) and fry in butter and a few spoonfuls of sugar until softened and caramelized. Add spices as you see fit - cardamom and cinnamon are obvious, but very tasty choices.

Next, the cream. It's a simple mixture of cream cheese and lightly whipped cream. You can use mascarpone if you'd like. Or just whipped cream, or crème fraîche. Yogurt, too! Be innovative! Add a little sugar and vanilla, to taste.

And finally, the topping. It's mainly rolled oats and chopped nuts, fried in butter and sugar with a little bit of maple syrup stirred in. You can see this recipe for a more exact idea, though I used less butter and hazelnuts rather than pecans this time around.


Anonymous said...

I wonder, have you ever had a Danish æblekage (apple cake)? Quite similar, though possibly not quite as delish as yours with those evil butter-fried apples ;-)

Helene said...

I love deconstructed desserts, pie in particular. Looks delicious!

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Jeanne said...

This is one of my standby desserts - I usually have all the ingredients in the house at short notice and once instructed NIck over the phone how to make it when he unexpectedly got guests and I was out of the country!